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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Miembro 2003
francés al italiano
+ ...
This is why I defend those alleged "authoritarian measures" Mar 19

Please see this link, I am terribly sorrow for my Country, can't stop crying

https://www.giornaledibrescia.it/italia-ed-estero/l-esercito-porta-i-feretri-bergamaschi-fuori-dalla-regione-1.3467998?fbclid=IwAR1lky48ZhAtI78xH5Ajcxt4kTcXhuX9ZYQJK
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Please see this link, I am terribly sorrow for my Country, can't stop crying

https://www.giornaledibrescia.it/italia-ed-estero/l-esercito-porta-i-feretri-bergamaschi-fuori-dalla-regione-1.3467998?fbclid=IwAR1lky48ZhAtI78xH5Ajcxt4kTcXhuX9ZYQJKcyZ1LUfQ3X4yxu6gk9dSLg





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Sabrina Bruna
expressisverbis
Chiara Gavasso
Catherine Howard
 

Zibow Retailleau  Identity Verified
Isla Mauricio
Local time: 13:16
Miembro 2019
inglés al chino
+ ...
a turn for the worse Mar 19

First three cases in Mauritius were confirmed last evening. I didn't know until I arrived at the supermarket this morning. The whole village squeezed into it. Some people were wearing masks. Those who didn't have one fashioned one from a scarf or towel. The boy I know in the vegetable section told me, 'Coronavirus. Buy beaucoup! Buy beaucoup!' Some customers arrived at the supermarket with shocked looks on their faces. I must have had one too. An old man wanted to buy two baguettes. After findin... See more
First three cases in Mauritius were confirmed last evening. I didn't know until I arrived at the supermarket this morning. The whole village squeezed into it. Some people were wearing masks. Those who didn't have one fashioned one from a scarf or towel. The boy I know in the vegetable section told me, 'Coronavirus. Buy beaucoup! Buy beaucoup!' Some customers arrived at the supermarket with shocked looks on their faces. I must have had one too. An old man wanted to buy two baguettes. After finding out where the end of the queue was, he decided to have something else for breakfast. Handshakes and kissing on the cheek became namastes.

While I was waiting in the queue, the scene looked almost surreal. Last night I sent a message to a concerned friend in China, telling her everything on my side was fine. It is still fine, though. And I brace myself for worse.

[Edited at 2020-03-19 13:22 GMT]
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RobinB  Identity Verified
Estados Unidos
Local time: 04:16
alemán al inglés
German government planning a €40bn support package for solo freelancers... Mar 19

...specifically including translators and interpreters.

The support will be aimed solely at solo freelancers without any employees, and will consist of a mixture of bridge loans and direct support payments.

At least one national government acknowledges the importance of ensuring that translators and intepreters can weather this crisis!


Thomas T. Frost
Oksana Weiss
Edwin den Boer
Kay Denney
Chiara Gavasso
 

Chris S  Identity Verified
Reino Unido
sueco al inglés
+ ...
Universal? Mar 19

RobinB wrote:

...specifically including translators and interpreters.

The support will be aimed solely at solo freelancers without any employees, and will consist of a mixture of bridge loans and direct support payments.

At least one national government acknowledges the importance of ensuring that translators and intepreters can weather this crisis!


Will the sensible ones who have set enough aside over the years to weather such storms also receive these handouts?


Mervyn Henderson
Dan Lucas
The Misha
Matthias Brombach
 

Liviu-Lee Roth
Estados Unidos
Local time: 05:16
rumano al inglés
+ ...
I suppose, YES Mar 19

Chris S wrote:


Will the sensible ones who have set enough aside over the years to weather such storms also receive these handouts?



If you stashed your hard-earned money in the mattress in the basement, the govt. doesn't know that you set aside enough to weather the storm.

Stay healthy and rich,
lee


 

RobinB  Identity Verified
Estados Unidos
Local time: 04:16
alemán al inglés
Details to come Mar 19

That level of detail is not addressed in the German media, but I suspect the level of available support will be based on a) income in previous FY/last FY for which an income tax return was filed and b) order books/current income in FY 2020.

In Germany at least, the federal government can't go around checking what sort of savings people have without having a watertight legal basis.


 

Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Miembro 2003
francés al italiano
+ ...
Just for info Mar 19

Until today 19 March, jogging outside in Italy is NOT forbidden, BUT since there are more than 33.000 infected people and almost 500 deceased in 1 day, AND because people continue to do jogging in the parks, and playing football (together), it is possible that Government will forbid sports outside. BUT until today it is NOT "yet" forbidden.

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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
España
Local time: 11:16
Miembro
español al inglés
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PERSONA QUE INICIÓ LA HEBRA
@Angie Mar 19

I thought they were well past that stage in Italy ...! I'm pretty sure you can't do it here, and we're far behind them.

Chin up, Angie!!

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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Miembro 2003
francés al italiano
+ ...
@Mervyn Mar 19

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

I thought they were well past that stage in Italy ...! I'm pretty sure you can't do it here, and we're far behind them.

Chin up, Angie!!


Thanks, my 2 countries (Italy and Spain) are suffering a lot, let's hope... but it will be a long difficult path.



[Edited at 2020-03-19 18:57 GMT]


 

Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
Reino Unido
Local time: 10:16
Miembro 2014
japonés al inglés
You jest, surely Mar 19

Chris S wrote:
Will the sensible ones who have set enough aside over the years to weather such storms also receive these handouts?

These are such strange times that those who have not been lazy, feckless, entitled and selfish might, astonishing as it may seem, also get some assistance from the government in the form of non-means tested handouts. Let's see what happens.

Question is, could you accept money with a clear conscience? If the consequence of not applying were that my children would go hungry, sure, I'd apply for a handout. But I'd have to be desperate. It's like child benefit: I've never applied for it because I don't think it's right that people earning a comfortable living should accept handouts from the state, or indeed anybody else.

Regards,
Dan


Kay Denney
Katrin Braams
Philippe Etienne
 

The Misha
Local time: 05:16
ruso al inglés
+ ...
I am with you all the way, except... Mar 19

Dan Lucas wrote:

I've never applied for it because I don't think it's right that people earning a comfortable living should accept handouts from the state, or indeed anybody else.



... that it's not the matter of right or wrong. It's the matter of self-respect. Some of us just don't like being on welfare, as strange as that might sound:)

Anyway, what is it with everybody and his brother expecting the government to give them stuff?


Liviu-Lee Roth
IrinaN
Dan Lucas
 

Chris S  Identity Verified
Reino Unido
sueco al inglés
+ ...
It's not fair! Mar 19

Dan Lucas wrote:
Question is, could you accept money with a clear conscience?

Accept? Yes. Apply? No.

My inner Tory/toddler is just crying "it's not fair" at the thought of my taxes being used to bail out the feckless rather than those with a more legitimate need.

A professional of any kind shouldn't need bailing out. But whatever, there are bigger things to worry about right now.

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(Why doesn't that image show up?)

[Edited at 2020-03-19 22:03 GMT]


IrinaN
Dan Lucas
 

Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Miembro 2014
danés al inglés
+ ...
Image Mar 19

Chris S wrote:

Why doesn't that image show up?


It does if you write correct html:

Annotation 2020-03-19 231203



Chris S
Liviu-Lee Roth
Dan Lucas
P.L.F.Persio
 

Matthias Brombach  Identity Verified
Alemania
Local time: 11:16
Miembro 2007
neerlandés al alemán
+ ...
I wonder ... Mar 19

... what´s going on now on our beloved tropical* island after the news, that German freelancers will be bailed out, at least those, who soon would go bankrupt. Mervyn as the owner of that island (What was its name? Doesn´t it begin with "C", like Cu... Cuba? No: Cudoz, yes, Cudoz Island!) should know more about that effect. Will your island be totally deserted by them, when they have gone back to Germany, to apply for subsidies and the last sheets of toilet paper?
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... what´s going on now on our beloved tropical* island after the news, that German freelancers will be bailed out, at least those, who soon would go bankrupt. Mervyn as the owner of that island (What was its name? Doesn´t it begin with "C", like Cu... Cuba? No: Cudoz, yes, Cudoz Island!) should know more about that effect. Will your island be totally deserted by them, when they have gone back to Germany, to apply for subsidies and the last sheets of toilet paper?
* https://www.proz.com/forum/andrews_corner/340567-future_or_no_future_advice_to_an_18_year_old_linguist-page2.html#2830351

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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
España
Local time: 11:16
Miembro
español al inglés
+ ...
PERSONA QUE INICIÓ LA HEBRA
Friday 20 March Mar 20

Down the stairs again to throw out the rubbish and get the local rag. Only one plastic glove left, so I’ll have to pick up a few more at the fruit and veg joint later. I’m not out of shape, but I was so used to taking the lift, and I’m getting so used to not taking it now, that today the walk up seemed much shorter to me, and so I almost walked right on up to the fifth floor instead of stopping at our fourth floor. All sorts of home exercise routines available from all sorts of sources now... See more
Down the stairs again to throw out the rubbish and get the local rag. Only one plastic glove left, so I’ll have to pick up a few more at the fruit and veg joint later. I’m not out of shape, but I was so used to taking the lift, and I’m getting so used to not taking it now, that today the walk up seemed much shorter to me, and so I almost walked right on up to the fifth floor instead of stopping at our fourth floor. All sorts of home exercise routines available from all sorts of sources now. All sorts of home everything routines available from all sorts of sources now.

Sombre headline, “Applause for Encarni”. We had our first death in the line of duty yesterday, a 52-year old nurse from Galdakao Hospital. Staff at Bilbao’s hospitals had their own applause session, and after the habitual 8 pm applause here, our street’s balcony contingent and, I’m sure, all of Bilbao, were out again at 9 pm with candles (mobile torches for candleless households). Ironically, Encarni had been working a short time ago with the Basque Country’s first Covid-19 fatality here.

Not ashamed to say tears are running down my face as I type. They didn’t come last night, but they seem to start in when you write about it.

But what I want to do is provide a little lightheartedness, a little bullshit, a little bollocks, a little something or other to lift my spirits, and those of others, so let’s get on with it:

Ah yes, talking of spirits … I did look for the Jameson’s last night. All gone now, and I suddenly remember why. I’m not a big whiskey drinker, never have been, but I did have a bottle of the stuff. I had found it unopened at the back of a cupboard in my mum’s flat on the Wet Rock five years ago. Not that my mum was into that either, quite the contrary, but I think I had maybe bought it there at some point, and never used it. So I brought it back to Bilbao, and used it for hot whiskey. Quite a common concoction in a cold country, in the same way as in cold parts of Spain you’ll find people in bars at 6 am drinking brandy or anís with or without coffee before the daily round (uh-huh, I was there in my misspent youth), but here I used the “hot whiskey plus” version for medicinal purposes. Oh yes, I can sense your cynicism. No, really. Got an infernal cold? All stuffed up? Hawking and spluttering all day long? Not to worry. Help is at hand. Throw a couple of fingers of Jameson’s into a glass, add lemon juice, honey and crushed clove heads. Then add hot water, stir, and hey presto, get that brown potion down the hatch. Works a treat. Well, I must admit it’s more psychological than anything else – after two or three of those you don’t give a shit about your cold anymore, sunshine, you just lie down, go to sleep, and wake up ready to split rocks at a kick. I’m half-wondering whether to push it as a method for dealing with the initial symptoms of Covid-19. Along the lines of that US missionary who was showing some Indo-American natives the horrors of alcohol centuries ago. He put a few worms in a glass, poured some whiskey over them, and the worms promptly shrivelled up and died. He then said triumphantly to his audience, “Now, what does that prove?”, whereupon one of them said, “Er … if you’ve got worms, drink whiskey?” Boom-boom!


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